DOUBLE WIN THRUSTS LOWES TOWARDS BSB TITLE

Lowes claimed a double win at Silverstone

Lowes claimed a double win at Silverstone

Round 11   30 September   Silverstone – Report

Alex Lowes underlined his late bid to take the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown with a superb winning double in the penultimate round at Silverstone that powered the WFR Honda rider into third place in the title standings.
The 22 year old Lincolnshire rider has continued the rich vein of form that saw him clinch a place among the elite six Title Fighters in the Showdown and he scorched to his third pole start in four rounds, carrying that pace into the two races that produced some of the most exhilarating racing of the season.
In the opening race Lowes had to ride hard to overcome the early threat of Samsung Honda’s Michael Laverty, taking the lead on the third lap, and then claiming his maiden victory from former two times title winner Shane Byrne who had overcome problems to his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki that had prevented him from taking part in the morning warm-up.
Byrne and Laverty again made the early running in the second race with Lowes having to carve through from from fifth place on the opening lap to take the lead on the ninth lap only for a scary moment in which he was almost launched from the WFR Honda to leave him having to re-group.
Lowes battled back but Byrne looked to be heading to his sixth victory of the season but going through Woodcote for the final time Lowes pulled off an audacious move to snatch the lead and then win the dash to the line by 0.042secs.
Lowes was delighted: “I’ve loved every minute of it. The bike is working well and I have worked hard. Last year was a confidence killer for me but this team has stood by me. I didn’t expect to win this season, maybe I’ve had a bit of luck but I have enjoyed these races. I felt pretty good in the opener and was really happy with the ride.
“In the second race I was nearly off with two or three laps to go but fought back at Shakey and managed to sneak up the inside of him at the last corner and then turn more tightly. Ten years ago he was my hero in World Superbikes and I was able to pull that cheeky move on him – I enjoyed that. I just crept into the Showdown and I will enjoy the final three races and what will be will be,” added Lowes.
Byrne twice second leads Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes, who finished fourth and third, by nine points in the standings with Lowes moving into third 18 points up on reigning champion Tommy Hill who struggled to a pair of sevenths. Laverty with a third and fifth place remains fifth overall on 559 points with Supersonic BMWs Tommy Bridewell the outsider on 544 points as they head for the Brands Hatch title decider over the weekend of 12/13/14 October.
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Results
Race one:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda)
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.021s
3: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +5.451s
4: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +8.437s
5: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +8.716s
6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +9.493s
Race two:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda)
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.042s
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.516s
4: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +4.125s
5: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +5.332s
6:Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +9.726s
Championship standings:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 608
2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 599
3: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 584
4: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 566
5: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 559
6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 544
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